Handy Pocket Knife


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Handy Pocket Knife

A pocket knife, fashioned as an arm and hand from a single piece of mother of pearl with the fine steel blade set within. The blade stamped W R, perhaps for William IV, above the name HURST. 3 1/8 in long
As a point of interest, a Francis John Hurst (1878-1957), worked as a pearl and ivory fluter in Cambridge Street (Sheffield) and when he retired he was probably the last Little Mester working at this skilled craft. A 'little Mester' was a self-employed worker who rented space in a factory or worked from their own workshop. They were involved in the making of cutlery or other smallish items; the term used almost exclusively to describe such craftsmen of the Sheffield area. Perhaps Francis John Hurst was descended from the Hurst named on this blade. English circa 1840.


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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